Monday, January 26, 2015

WGC Partyscape Feature: The Mirrored Effect

Its feature time! I got the opportunity to do some great work last summer and it was published in the Spring edition of Wedding Guide Chicago. Check out the issue in its entirety via the magazine's digital edition, or grab one from your local newsstand.

Actual shot of the 2-page spread featuring the Partyscape's lovely and talented visionary/designer: Desiree Dent of Dejanae Events

Circular, hand painted individual mirrors at each setting

Watercolor invitation suite with calligraphed outer envelope and circular, mirrored table number

...More of the gorgeous table! Look at those romantic petals! Breathtaking...

Great shot of the stationery atop the petals

The team that made it possible!

Check out the video showing how this all came together! This was a wonderful experience! 
Take care, and I'll see you guys next time...

Location - Meson Sabika
Photography - Robyn Photography
Floral Design - Floral Expressions
Cake and Sweets - Delish Cakes
Stationery and Mirrors - CT Designs, Inc.
Videography - Wedding Connections

Friday, January 23, 2015

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day

Wanted to take the time to celebrate National Handwriting Day!

This designated date was established in 1977 by David Baker, executive director of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association.

This day purposely coincides with John Hancock's birthday as he was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence with what has become a somewhat iconic signature...

I challenge anyone reading this to pen a note or a letter today, in place of a usual email or message post!

Take care til' next time!

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Calligraphy Classes January

I'm teaching three MORE calligraphy classes at Paper Source this month. I'm actually booked through March so look for the February post real soon. Unbelievable that these courses sold out so quickly!

I'd love for you guys to come join me. Early in the year is a great time, if you are interested in hand lettering, to come out and see if this is something you'd like to attempt for your own (or your daughter/family member's) materials.

**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P

**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Oak Brook Paper Source
 433 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 572-1955 | 11:00A - 2:30P

**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Oak Brook Paper Source
 433 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 572-1955 | 11:00A - 2:30P


Monday, January 5, 2015

Matrimony Monday: 2015 Edition

Congratulations out there married couples-to-be! Have you enjoyed being engaged? Go ahead and relax. Look at your partner. Gaze down at your ring. Smile. Ok, you done yet? Good, cuz I've got a ton of stuff to share with you about your wedding paper!

I try to provide the BEST links I can for you to peruse as you begin this process. Check out my 2015 recommendations.

Congratulations again! Follow us so you won't miss updates and look forward to keeping up with one of the most information-rich, Chicago-based wedding blogs on the internet.

Take care til' next time,

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Wedding Trends

Its time to get ready for 2015! 2014 brought with it a more savvy bride. One who is typically well informed about what she wants her big day to look like. Thanks to the popularity of image sharing sites like Instagram, Pinterest and to a lesser degree, Facebook, they are now armed with plenty of visuals that will make you aware of their aesthetic.

There are certain looks, trends, and blog/magazine articles that have been driving this content. As a wedding professional, you tend to notice the visuals that are becoming viral out there and its no surprise now when potential clients come looking for the same things you've noticed.

Brides are not above grabbing a great design of their invitations and having them printed. Not terribly new, but I thought it was noteworthy to indicate that they are more popular than ever. Because the stationery list is soooo very long now, picking up a printable allows you to affordably (and successfully) pull the same motif/look across a number of deliverables.

The Boldest Patterns
Although there are still pretty formal invitations out there, many invites are becoming more simplistic. Bold patterns, juxtaposed with simpler fonts. I also feel that the wording is simpler. Look for super thick stripes, dots, (chevron is still hanging around) and diagonal patterns. 

Soft Tones
Obviously, you will still find all kinds of wedding color palettes in any season, but it seems that blushes, ivory and soft whites are coming back in a big way. Many times these colors are mixed with deep plums, rose reds and greys.

Gold Rush
Not exactly sure where the gold rush originated, but gold inks, gold foil, gold glitter... Its ALL the rage and its seemingly paired with black and other bold colors.

Save the Date designed by CT-Designs

Fiedler Script in Gold Metallic Ink by CT-Designs

Casual Mixed with Formal
Casual is being mixed with formal now... Chalkboards were usually reserved for hipster and kitschy weddings, but now you can find them used as signage at more traditional weddings and receptions. Lowercase lettering on invitations and enclosure cards, once taboo, is also becoming more and more popular. That casual, fun, whimsical aesthetic is found over and over on social media.

Wedding by Dejanae Events | Chalkboard by CT-Designs

Watercolor Elements/Touches
Rifle Paper Co. seems to have started this trend, and now watercolor motifs, often mixed with hand lettering is all the rage. Certainly still only applicable to a certain kind of event, but its a part of the calligraphy renaissance, combined with a more relaxed style of stationery. 

Hand Lettering
Again, calligraphy is making a MAJOR comeback. I couldn't be happier! Its hand lettered this, and hand lettered that. From the super formal (pointed pen) to funky (brush lettering). Clients want to see it, purchase it and the biggest enthusiasts want to learn how to do it!


I did my first seating chart mirror in the summer of 2013 and now almost 2 years later, it seems that its moved from being somewhat of an obscure wedding element to becoming extremely popular. I got more inquiries for mirrors and chalkboards last season than I did ink on paper. This is a HOT trend right now with a lot of possibilities. Think circular menus and table numbers, signature drink signage and seating charts.

Styled Shoot by One Fine Day Events Chicago | Stationery and Mirror lettering by CT-Designs

Happy New Year and I'll be back soon!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wedding Best(s) of 2014

Unbelievable that it is time for my end of the year blog. So much happened this year. I'm not only grateful for the things that I was able to accomplish, but I'm also grateful to those who afforded me great opportunities. Special thanks to Laura Wrasman, Barb Montagano, Carrie Jones, Amber Lawrence, Shelley Frizelis, DesireƩ Dent, Akeshi Akinseye and Gaea Denker-Lehrman.

Check out Past Wedding Best(s): 
Wedding Best(s) of 2010 
Wedding Best(s) of 2011 
Wedding Best(s) of 2012
Wedding Best(s) of 2013

Cut Card Stock Design Team
Near the end of 2013, I managed to blog for 30 days about DIY and crafts tips and techniques. I was inspired and found myself wanting to do more so I applied to become a part of Cut Card Stock's Design Team... And guess what? I got selected! What an honor! I've learned SO much since and have been challenged to try more and more techniques. Calligraphy and crafts are a perfect combination! Please check out some of my projects!

CT-Designs Press and Buzz
I usually have blog links corresponding to these listings, but a few of these were late breaking. They are coming soon, I promise, so check back! Great year for us press and buzz wise!

Wedding Guide Chicago Once Upon a Time Partyscape
Wedding Guide Chicago The Mirrored Effect Partyscape
Kesh Events Grand Opening
Kesh Events - Sophisticated Romance Shoot - CS Brides
Chalk and Mirrors: Creative Wedding Calligraphy - Gathering Guide Interview

Video Shoot
I shot a video for my business! It was a great experience... I hope to do more video for the company. Great medium.

Joining Wedding Wire
I finally joined Wedding Wire. Please check out our reviews and profile! Looking forward to a continued partnership with them...

Calligraphy Instruction at Paper Source
I have always wanted to teach calligraphy and was given a chance to offer a custom course at the Paper Source here in Chicago on Southport. This led to teaching opportunities in Oak Brook and Naperville locations. I learned so much and am continually inspired by this talented new generation of lettering enthusiasts! Look out for postings right around the corner for January and February 2015 classes!

What a year... I'll be back soon with trends to look out for in 2015, upcoming calligraphy classes and a BUNCH of new products that I've been diligently working on.

Have a great holiday everyone, thanks for your continued support and be safe!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pantone Color of the Year 2015: MARSALA

The color of the year according to Pantone will be Marsala... Makes sense with the trend towards berry, eggplant and deep plums over the last few wedding seasons. This year's announcement was nice because Pantone got more detailed in terms of indicating the EXACT ink colors/formulas for printing and HTML Hex values (screen color) vs. focusing simply on the TCX (fabric) details.

Enjoy and I'll be back soon with more 2015 trends! --ct
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